Exercise and Narcolepsy

Narcolepsy – Am I Sick or Healthy?

by julie on June 29, 2014

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If sickness and health are two opposite ends of the spectrum, then where do I fit in? The other day, I battled excruciating eye-burning sleepiness that felt like pure torture/hell. That same day, I also ran 3 beautiful miles in the golden California sunshine. Am I the sickest healthy person you know or the healthiest […]

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REM Runner’s Note: Diana is the mother of Danielle Brooks – an amazing, artistic and athletic young woman with narcolepsy who created www.succeedingwithnarcolepsy.com. In this guest post, Diana offers insightful tips for navigating the school accommodations process and helping your student with narcolepsy succeed.  Diana’s Guest Post: 1. You must be an advocate for your child. No […]

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REM Runner’s Note: Planning pregnancy with narcolepsy? I’m thrilled to share guest stories about pregnancy and parenting with narcolepsy. It’s such an important topic for many and personally, I think parents with narcolepsy are SUPERHEROES!  Thank you, Natalie for sharing your experience and congratulations on being a new mom. Natalie’s Guest Post: My husband and […]

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ZUMBA! Beginner’s Tips

by julie on October 1, 2013

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Just Dance! I rediscovered Zumba last night and SMILED for one hour straight. I laughed, tripped over my own feet, and sweat profusely. I left the class a happier version of myself.  I recommend Zumba for anyone that finds the traditional gym workout boring. Just give it a try – maybe you’ll love it, maybe […]

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I’m so thrilled to share this video documenting my recent waterskiing adventure. Watch below or on YouTube. Thank you to Alex Withrow for his incredible video production skills and for believing in me. I never would’ve attempted this without his encouragement. Thank you to Brent, Maria and Owen – my boat crew and cheering squad […]

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Why Yoga Pisses Me Off

by julie on June 24, 2013

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Yoga pisses me off. Sure, I look peaceful on the outside, but behind the cute clothing, I’m angry. Last Friday, I attended Yoga on the Beach while on vacation in Sea Isle City, NJ. The sun shinned bright, waves crashed nearby, seagulls soared overhead. It was surreal – something out of a staged yoga DVD. Yet […]

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REM Runner’s 21 Day Yoga Challenge

by julie on June 14, 2013

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I’m taking on a new challenge – doing yoga every day for 21 days! Returning from SLEEP 2013, my energy was low and my pants were tight. I needed a short-term goal to jump-start my summer. Today is day 4 of my challenge and I’m feeling GREAT. My body is sore, but in that good […]

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As a person with narcolepsy, a sleep disorder or chronic illness, what’s your take on exercise? Too tired? Crucial to your health? Improve your symptoms?   My latest video explores my experience as an athlete with narcolepsy and offers tips for successfully incorporating exercise into your life. Come back for more videos soon! Thank you […]

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Returning to yoga yesterday was like a homecoming celebration. Last fall, I stopped practicing yoga due to a back injury. My doctor had recommended I take time off from exercising and unfortunately, I took his advice. In truth, his advice was convenient because I wasn’t feeling motivated at the time. Time passed. Too much time.  […]

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On the same steps where Martin Luther King, Jr. gave his “I Have A Dream” speech, over 125 participants gathered last Sunday (March 3, 2013) to share their dream for America to get a good night’s sleep. The third annual National Sleep Walk brought together doctors, organization leaders, patients and sleep supporters from as far away as […]

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